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Live Aid guy disses Gore’s Live Earth concerts

Here's what Live Aid and Live 8 organizer Bob Geldoff had to say about Gore's Live Earth concerts: "I hope they're a success," De Volkskrant newspaper quoted Geldof as saying in an interview. "But why is (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all (expletive) conscious of global warming," he said. ... "I would only organize (Live Earth) if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations," he told the newspaper. "They haven't got those …

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Making a market for solar in Eugene, Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) offers to buy solar power produced by customers at 15 cents/kWh.

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The weather will matter more and more

Energy dependence seems to be the topic of the day, or at least the last two days. David Roberts posted a link yesterday to an eye-opening article about the surge of interest among the Amish of Ohio for solar PV panels. I had always assumed, wrongly, that the Amish eschewed electricity, period. Actually, they just don't like depending on the outside world. Meanwhile, renewed violence in Nigeria, a major petroleum producer, is giving oil markets the jitters. So is home-produced energy always better? That is certainly a perennial argument made by proponents of biofuels. Yet as the share of corn …

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Crap, another means of continuing business as usual failing to survive scrutiny

Important, albeit somewhat depressing, post about biofuels from algae on chemical engineer Robert Rapier's always excellent blog. Here's his introduction to the article, which you should read in its entirety: The following is a guest post by John Benemann. John has many years of expertise in biomass conversion, and previously co-wrote a guest piece on cellulosic ethanol. On the subject of biodiesel from algae, he literally wrote the book. I originally wrote an article over a year ago in which I mentioned the potential of algal biodiesel. I still believe, as I did then, that biodiesel (or more broadly, renewable …

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Who says scientists aren’t funny?

RealClimate has an extended satire against climate denier use of false correlation=causation logic to argue for solar cycles as the main cause of global warming. As humor with extended charts and co-efficients of correlation go, it is quite funny. However, I must admit that an exchange between two commenters on the post was much funnier: James: CO2 has an insulating effect -- we know this because people have measured it. Humans have been putting more CO2 in the atmosphere -- we know this too, because we've measured it. Putting those two facts together, we deduce that the Earth should get …

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We shed a tear

Fundamentalist Christian minister Jerry Falwell is dead at 73. It's probably churlish to use the occasion of someone's death to point out that said person was a paranoid, avaricious, hate-spewing enabler of America's basest lizard-brain impulses, so I won't go there. I will, however, note that one of the proudest moments of my young career was being cited by name in the course of a rambling, delusional Falwell sermon on global warming, which apparently is "Satan's Attempt to Re-direct the Church's Primary Focus." Clever, Satan! Very clever. Update [2007-5-15 15:0:8 by David Roberts]: Carpetbagger brings us Falwell's "greatest" hits.

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And if not, why not?

A journalist of some renown called me last week to ask a question: would it be possible to do both a cap-and-trade program and a carbon tax? Al Gore famously urged that approach, but this journo had heard from other (reliable) sources that it's not possible. My instinctive answer was yeah, sure, there's no reason you couldn't do it. (I mean, there are a gazillion political reasons it's impossible, but there's no technical or regulatory reason you couldn't do it.) Is that right? Do any of you smart folk out there know of any reason you couldn't implement the two …

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The Big Yapple

World's mayors gather for climate-change summit in New York City Gone are the days when mayors chomped cigars and handed out keys to the city. Today's civic leaders face a somewhat more monumental task: saving the planet. This week, mayors from more than 30 of the world's biggest cities -- from Bangkok to Berlin, Sydney to Shanghai -- are in New York City to compare notes on fighting climate change. The C40 Large Cities Climate Summit follows a smaller event held in London in 2005; this time it also includes business leaders. With renewable energy, mass transit, and carbon reduction …

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Remember When Driving Was Fun?

States sue over fuel standards, Bush announces emissions baby steps California Attorney General Jerry Brown held forth on the steps of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, leading a group of 11 states suing the feds over "dangerously weak" fuel-efficiency standards. "The Bush administration has its head in the sand, and we hope the court wakes them," he said. The suit, filed in November, says the proposed efficiency increase for light trucks and SUVs in model years 2008 to 2011 is "trivial" and should be recalculated. The feds contend that they had to juggle environmental protection with economic …